The American Jobs Act Invests in Our Students

Jay Chung, a Philadelphia music teacher, says that we need the American Jobs Act because it invests in our schools and our student’s futures.

Chung is responsible for music classes at seven different schools in the Philadelphia school district. He travels from school to school, teaching percussion classes using plastic buckets from Home Depot, which he’s found is the best way to stretch his meager $100 budget.

Like teachers here in New Mexico, Jay Chung needs the American Jobs Act to invest in our schools. Watch him discuss his unique program and explain how the American Jobs Act will help our nation’s students and their schools in this video from the Department of Education.

We can’t wait to rebuild American education. There’s more online on how the American Jobs Act will invest in New Mexico and the rest of our nation. Click here to see how it helps you.

“These Jobs Are Worth Fighting For”

President Obama and Vice President Biden addressed first responders this week in North Carolina, Virginia, and Michigan and called on Americans to back the Administration’s job plan, which will keep the nation’s hardworking police and firefighters on the job. President Obama wrapped up the White House jobs tour today with a visit to Fire Station 9 in North Chesterfield, Virginia. Speaking to a group of firefighters and police officers, the President explained how his jobs plan will help local governments put first responders and teachers back to work.

“As tough as the economy may be, for the last 19 months we’ve had private sector job growth. We’ve seen more than 2 million jobs created in the private sector. The problem is that state and local governments have been very hard-pressed—and so they are cutting back on firefighters, police officers, teachers. And that’s one of the biggest challenges we have—not only because these folks sacrifice for us and provide extraordinary service to us, but also they go to restaurants and they go to the hardware store and they pay a mortgage. And so if we’ve got firefighters or police officers or teachers who are being laid off, that hurts the small businessperson down the street. That means that somebody may have their home foreclosed on, and that brings property values down for everybody.

“This week Congress is going to get to vote on whether or not hundreds of thousands of police officers and teachers and firefighters get back on the job. And I don’t know if these members of Congress—maybe they haven’t met some of these firefighters. I don’t think they want to tell them that their jobs aren’t worth saving. These jobs are worth fighting for.”

President Obama’s jobs plan will provide $35 billion to keep firefighters, teachers, and police officers on the job. A new video with Vice President Biden from the White House looks at how the President’s jobs plan would help first responders in Flint, Michigan, and across the country do their jobs safely. Watch and share Vice President Biden’s video above.

President Obama: “I won’t take no for an answer”

Last night, Senate Republicans voted to block President Obama’s plan to put Americans back to work right now. But the President isn’t taking no for an answer. Watch his message to find out what’s next, and let him know you stand with him in the fight for jobs.

The Republicans who voted yesterday to block this bill weren’t thinking about middle-class families. In fact, at last night’s GOP debate, one of their leading candidates actually refused to say he’d extend a payroll tax cut that puts more than $1,000 in the pockets of everyday working Americans.

They might believe it’s in their political interest to oppose whatever the President proposes for the next 13 months, but we know that when it comes to jobs and restoring economic security, Americans can’t afford to wait.

The American Jobs Act would get to work now, providing incentives for businesses to hire unemployed veterans, helping hire tens of thousands of teachers, cops, and firefighters, and rebuilding and modernizing our schools, railways, bridges, and airports. Even though it’s fully paid for and made up of proposals both parties have supported, Republicans yesterday said no.

Now the President wants you to hear directly from him about what’s next. Watch the video — and make sure your friends do, too.

President Obama: “Time for Congress to Meet Their Responsibility”

Immediately following the Senate vote on the American Jobs Act, President Obama released this statement:

“Tonight, a majority of United States Senators voted to advance the American Jobs Act. But even though this bill contains the kind of proposals Republicans have supported in the past, their party obstructed the Senate from moving forward on this jobs bill.

“Tonight’s vote is by no means the end of this fight. Independent economists have said that the American Jobs Act would grow the economy and lead to nearly two million jobs, which is why the majority of the American people support these bipartisan, common-sense proposals. And we will now work with Senator Reid to make sure that the individual proposals in this jobs bill get a vote as soon as possible.

“In the coming days, members of Congress will have to take a stand on whether they believe we should put teachers, construction workers, police officers and firefighters back on the job. They’ll get a vote on whether they believe we should cut taxes for small business owners and middle-class Americans, or whether we should protect tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.

“With each vote, members of Congress can either explain to their constituents why they’re against commonsense, bipartisan proposals to create jobs, or they can listen to the overwhelming majority of American people who are crying out for action. Because with so many Americans out of work and so many families struggling, we can’t take no for an answer. Ultimately, the American people won’t take no for an answer. It’s time for Congress to meet their responsibility, put their party politics aside and take action on jobs right now.”

Let Congress Know Where You Stand

As the Senate prepares for today’s vote on the American Jobs Act, let your members of Congress know where you stand using Tweet for Jobs, our online tool that helps you find your Republican legislator on Twitter.

The provisions in the American Jobs Act—from modernizing schools and keeping teachers in the classroom to repairing our roads and bridges—have received bipartisan support. The bill will provide a much-needed boost to our economy and help get Americans back to work—and there’s no reason for Congress not to pass it.

Join President Obama today by raising your voice in support of the American Jobs Act.

“Siempre dicen no”

The Democratic National Committee’s latest Spanish-language ad calls out Republicans for saying no to President Obama’s policies, including the American Jobs Act—which would put more Americans back to work and more money into the pockets of small businesses and middle-class families.

The ads will launch in selected markets next week, but you can watch and share them online today. For more on how the American Jobs Act will impact Hispanics, the citizens of New Mexico, or the legislation’s impact on other communities visit the American Jobs Act Web site.

The American Jobs Act: Get Going!

You know the saying: When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

We’ve got to get going right now—and put America back to work. And President Obama’s American Jobs Act would do just that. It would create jobs fixing roads and bridges, give tax credits to companies that hire new workers, and put more money in the wallets of the average worker. Tell Congress, no more games, pass the plan!

Check out the Democratic National Committee’s newest ad, and share it with your friends and family.